7/17/2011: Maybe the UO staff won’t need to strike at the start of fall quarter. From Dennis Thompson in the Statesman Journal:
Kitzhaber has demanded that state employees pay 5 percent of their health care premiums as part of the new contract for the 2011-13 biennium. The unions appear to be bending to that demand — but on their own terms. AFSCME Council 75 is pursuing wage increases for its workers, and has said it will agree to the premium share — and even additional furlough days — to “buy” those pay hikes.
No word yet on whether or not the OUS board will ask Chancellor Pernsteiner to pay 5% of his maid service premium:
I received “out of office” replies to both of my email requests for these records. Our budget director is out until Monday, July 18 and OUS general counsel is on vacation until Wednesday, July 20. I will follow up with both of them as soon as possible and let you know what I am able to provide in response to these requests.
Sincerely, OUS Board Secretary, Mr. Y.